Our Year in Reading

Dear Readers,

What a year 2020 has been! On February 29, we hosted bestselling and award-winning author Erik Larson at Calvary Moravian Church with more than 400 attendees. Little did we know that that would be the largest in-person gathering of the year for us. Events have moved completely online, and we've loved seeing you virtually. But, we do miss talking to you about books. In these pages, staff members have put a lot of thought and care into their top recommendations of the year. We hope you find something that inspires you, and we hope to see you soon.

Happy Reading,
Jamie Rogers Southern, Bookmarks Interim Executive Director


Cover image of Our Year in Reading - introductory letter and then top 20 for 2020

Or click below to learn more about and order the titles mentioned in each section:

Top 20 for 2020 in white text on purple bookmark  Mindfulness & Meditation in white text on blue bookmark  Tired of Take Out in white text on green background  Romance in white text on purple background  mystery thriller in white text on blue bookmark  Sci-Fi/Fantasy in white text on green bookmark  History in white text on purple bookmark  Signed First Editions Club in white text on blue bookmark  Mystery Box in white text on green bookmark  Read Around the World in white text on purple bookmark  Prize Winners of 2020 in white text on blue bookmark  best new voices in white text on green bookmark  2021 reset in white text on purple bookmark  board books in white text on blue bookmark  family reads in white text on green bookmark  kids graphic novels in white text on purple bookmark  middle grade in white text on blue bookmark  kids club in white letters on green bookmark  young adult series in white text on purple bookmark  events you might have missed in white text on blue bookmark

Books With Purpose
Founded in 2004 as a book festival, Bookmarks has been a fixture in the literary arts community of Winston-Salem for sixteen years. Now the largest annual book festival in the Carolinas, Bookmarks brings 25,000 attendees together each September. Our extensive work with schools has reached students in both public and private schools in several counties, while our Book Build initiative has provided more than 25,000 new and culturally relevant titles to all K-12 public school libraries. Our nonprofit independent bookstore opened in July 2017, and a week later we hosted John Grisham for our first large in-store event. Since then, we have hosted hundreds of events in our space and beyond, connecting our community to books with purpose. Bookmarks is a 501(c)(3), and all profits from book sales go back to support our mission of igniting the love of reading.

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